Director of HR

Location: Letchmore Heath, Hertfordshire

Contract Type: Permanent

Closing Date: 25 September 2020

Salary: Competitive salary + car allowance + excellent benefits

Director of HR


REPORTS TO: Chief Financial Officer with dotted line to the Chief Executive Office on the organisation/people development plan.



IGD is the food and consumer goods industry’s research body, a hub of best practice and thought leadership. Through our charitable activities we bring people and companies together to train and educate employees and deliver public benefit. This work is supported by our trading company, which supplies the world's food and grocery businesses with first-class insight.

Those that flourish at IGD are looking for something a bit different. A career with us offers you a unique opportunity to work across the food and consumer goods industry, to engage with industry leaders and government, to use your knowledge to share best practice, and to make a real impact.

Our people come from a variety of backgrounds and that’s what makes your time with us so special. We are made up of everyone from scientists to sales people, shopper specialists to economists, and we all learn from each other. Whether in commercial, charity or support roles, what unites us is our passion for the food and consumer goods industry and the way we approach what we do.

If you enjoy bringing people together, have a strong sense of what is right and always hold yourself to high standards, IGD is full of people who share your values. We’ve built a culture based on teamwork, integrity and excellence and these core values underpin everything we do.




IGD is a knowledge based business so people are its biggest asset. IGD are looking for a dynamic Director of HR to lead its people function.

 The role is both strategic and operational requiring a candidate who can span both aspects. From a strategic perspective the successful candidate will oversee the organisational/people development of IGD. They will be a responsible for developing and implementing a talent development programme with a focus on the skills and capability for the future. Like most organisations IGD is reviewing the working environment with the objective of retaining the best from the ‘old' and ‘new’ ways of working. This will require a new leadership and operating model, and working closely with the CEO and the Executive Team, the successful candidate will advise on and be responsible for overseeing the cultural change process.

On an operational level the Director of HR will lead a team of 9. In addition to overseeing the working environment they will be responsible for recruitment, payroll, HR administration and other matters. They will have a business partnering approach, and together with their team will work in collaboration with the operational teams, advising on both day-to-day and more strategic people matters.

Working across both IGD’s charitable and trading organisations, the successful candidate  will have the appetite to drive change. They will have a passion for working with and developing people.



  • Leading a team of 9 permanent staff
  • People development roadmap with focus on the recruitment and development of talent in addition to leadership development
  • Working environment and ways of working including being responsible for the office at Letchmore Heath in Hertfordshire
  • Employer brand and recruitment strategy with an emphasis on diversity and inclusion.
  • On-boarding process which gets new recruits settled and up-to speed quickly
  • Employee engagement, championing a dynamic open and progressive culture
  • Working with the Marketing and Communication Director input into the internal communication plan
  • Wellbeing agenda with an emphasis on mental wellbeing
  • HR policies ensuring we remain legally compliant
  • HR administration and payroll
  • Health and safety
  • Reward and recognition strategy
  • Benefits including overseeing IGD’s health, pension and life assurance schemes
  • Advising on day-to-day people related matters
  • Secretariat to the Remuneration Committee



  • Head of HR
  • Recruitment Manager
  • Facilities Manager



  • Ability to span both the strategic and operational aspects of the role
  • Excellent communication, influencing and facilitation skills
  • Emotionally intelligent, politically sensitive and discrete
  • Able to create and maintain strong working relationships
  • Experience of managing change in a fast-moving dynamic environment
  • Excellent organisation skills with drive to complete tasks
  • Commercially aware with a good understanding of business issues
  • Good knowledge and understanding of employment and H&S legislation
  • Good knowledge of payroll including payroll taxes rules and procedures
  • Prior knowledge of facilities related matters would be advantageous
  • CIPD qualified


Note - Due to a high volume of applications, this advert might close before the displayed closing date. It is therefore recommended that you apply promptly.

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